It seems like just last year, a number of brides were all about having an eco-friendly wedding. Sadly, this year it appears as if those numbers have dropped. However, there are still so many small ways you can go green while planning your wedding that will make a huge difference. So if you're a bride who is still thinking of the environment in a whirlwind of cake sampling and dress fittings, this one's for you.
Of course, you could always go over the top and have absolutely everything at your wedding environmentally friendly. Some brides go all out: from organic food right down to eco-friendly wedding favors
(which is actually one of the easier ways to go green). But these things can get expensive, so if you're just concerned about helping the environment in the least bit, consider going eco-friendly for the following, most popular parts of the wedding.Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations
- Invitations are perhaps the biggest threat to the environment during your wedding planning. That's a lot of paper! Consider this: save the dates (if you decide to have them), your proof(s), the invitations, mailing envelopes, an RSVP card and coordinating envelope, and possibly even directions to the reception and a menu. Then there's always the thank you cards as well. Eco-friendly invitations will probably be a bit more costly, but invitations are usually one of the most expensive things purchased when planning a wedding anyway. You can even go green right down to organic ink.Eco-Friendly Wedding Dresses
- Like your invitations, the wedding gown is a lot of material as well. You can purchase green wedding dresses made of materials such as hemp or organic cotton. However, an eco-friendly wedding dress will probably be more suitable for a warmer or even beach wedding, as the materials are considerably lighter. You'll also notice that if you do decide to purchase an eco-friendly wedding gown, there is a large possibility that it's going to look less extravagant than your traditional wedding dress.Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings
- It's no surprise that there's a lot of debate on going green with the rings. Many brides will state that this is absolutely something to splurge on: you'll wear it for the rest of your life, it's something completely symbolic and should be original and something you love. Yet many other brides will argue that going eco-friendly with your rings is
original and symbolic: you're considering the environment! Eco-friendly metals can get much more expensive than your traditional white gold or platinum choice, but you could always shop around for something vintage, or see if someone in your family has a ring to pass down. Not your style? Take it to a jeweler for a little TLC and see what extra touches you can put on the bands.
And finally, you can always check out our eco-friendly favors
for a large selection of green favors that won't break the bank. Be sure to check out our accessories too for other eco-friendly wedding supplies
© November 17, 2011, Kelsey Bowen, Little Things Favors
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